Parsons police arrested a man during a traffic stop early Wednesday after drugs and a weapon were found in the vehicle.

At 12:58 a.m. Wednesday, police Sgt. Joel Franklin saw a vehicle driving left of center in the 500 block of South 26th Street. Franklin followed the vehicle and saw it traveling 12 mph over the posted speed limit and he stopped the vehicle.

The driver gave Franklin a false name but during the stop he noticed marijuana in the vehicle. The vehicle was searched, and the true identity of the driver was discovered to be Clarence Lee Williams. Williams, a felon, was in possession of illegal narcotics, marijuana, paraphernalia and a firearm. 

Williams was arrested for three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, interference with law enforcement, distribution of marijuana, distribution of other certain illegal drugs, an aggravated weapons violation, suspicion of driving under the influence, no valid driver’s license and multiple traffic violations. 

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “This is a perfect example for the community to see why traffic enforcement is such an important part of police work. What started as a small traffic violation that could have been a quick citation, quickly turned into a very large felony case for the sale and distribution of death in our community. This felon from Independence was in possession of a firearm and very well could have been the victim or suspect in the next shooting in our city. We want to deter all forms of crime out of Parsons and keep these felons in their own cities.”

The drugs ranged from prescription pills to an unknown white powder. All of the drugs are being sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for testing. Williams is being held at the Parsons Police Department until he is seen by a Labette County judge. 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email

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